Capsule Wardrobe

A minimalist winter capsule wardrobe

12.09.17

If I were a season I’d be winter. Cosy nights in, hot drinks on tap, wrapping up warm and ski trips make me secretly ache for those cold dark nights to arrive. For those of us with body issues (raises hand) we can all enjoy feeling slightly less self conscious too thanks to it being perfectly acceptable to wrap ourselves up in copious amounts of material.

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I feel like there’s a natural casualness that comes with winter style, maybe that’s why I love it so much? Dressing in general feels easier, like it requires less effort because all we really want to do is keep warm and feel cosy.

My favourite thing about winter style is how predictable it is. The same things come into the stores and magazines year after year. You know that if you buy a good quality wool coat it’ll be fine for next year and the year after that. Buying quality winter clothes means less time spent trawling round the shops and online – you’ll spend less too. The only thing I’ve bought for my winter wardrobe this year is a new black dress; a much coveted item I’ve been in search of for well over a year. Everything else is from last year or the year before. I promise you that buying better so it lasts really does work.

I haven’t included all my horsey gear in this winter capsule wardrobe because I feel like all that stuff comes under the hobby category. This is my day to day wardrobe I’ll be wearing all winter in my non horsey life.

a minimalist winter capsule wardrobe

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Some / a lot of the items I have in my wardrobe have sold out now because I don’t top up every year , but I’ve linked all the items in the collage to similar items I’d be tempted by if I was looking to buy new pieces. All the items intentionally complement each other which means maximum output with less input. Win win for those of us who like to make things as easy and straight forward as possible.

Long sleeve stripe top – the ultimate goes with everything item. I bought mine this summer and wear it most days.
LBD – the right LBD will see you through every season year after year. I love wearing mine with tights and boots or flats in the winter.
Long sleeve cashmere sweater – this is what I wear most out of all the tops. Buying slightly oversized will give you that slouchy look.
Roll neck cashmere sweater – something thick and cosy to bury yourself in is a must.
Roll neck jersey – great for layering and super cosy.
Skinny jeans – the only jeans I’ve been wearing. If I woke up and these were missing from my wardrobe I’d feel naked.
Sweatshirt is old but try this Sweatshirt – a plain sweatshirt is a go to throughout the year and winter is no exception.
Wool coat (or here ) – a good quality wool coat will last for years and never goes out of style. This is a good place to invest a little bit more.
Shopper is old but try Shopper bag – so practical for anything and everything. I can’t be without.
Cross body bag – perfect for evenings or when you don’t want to take much with you
Gloves – I cannot be cold.
Scarf – …again, I cannot be cold!
Chelsea boots – these will never go out of style (people have been wearing them since 1851).
Ballet flats – not the most practical I know but I still wear them to death through winter too. You could switch them up for brogues?
Trainers – Comfy chic and warm too.

I’m dying to know what you think. Would this wardrobe see you through the winter? What would you add to it? Let me know what your essentials are for winter in the comments below..

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25 comments on “A minimalist winter capsule wardrobe”

  1. I love this, thank you for putting it together for us to see. So inspirational! So helpful to have links on exact or similar items and prices. Thank you!

      1. Hey, I noticed a lot of your clothing choices are blended materials. Is this because you think they are sturdier and hold up better than, say, pure wool or pure cotton? Are they easier to clean and maintain? Thanks for your tips and have a blessed day!

        1. It’s funny you ask that Kathryn, it’s something I’ve looked into for ages. There are arguments for 100% materials and arguments for blended. I always try to go for something ‘rich’ so more than say 60% wool or cotton. I haven’t found either are easier to maintain because even if the material is 100% there are still different kinds of cotton / wool and manufacturing methods. I tend to stick to the brands I trust. Hope that helps xx

  2. I think your vision is needed in our ever increasing materialistic world, so thank you! I would like to add a note of appreciation for the item descriptions below the item images. You seem to navigate toward black, gray, and white because those are the colors that best suit you. However, someone fair and blond could still benefit from your minimalist approach only choosing the items in colors more suited to her.

  3. I really like this winter wardrobe Jessica and all your pieces would suit me. The only additions I would make would be to have a total of at least 8 long sleeved tops and another pair of jeans. Also, I like a hooded coat to avoid having to carry an umbrella. I tend to wash my clothes once a week so, therefore need a few extra items. Perhaps you do your washing overnight but any tips on managing with less would be very welcome. Thank you

    1. A hood is definitely much more practical. I have a hood on my coat I wear up to the stables for when I’m out in all weathers. I do a weekly wash too but only wash stuff when I need to. I wear things more than once before washing and don’t find that to be a problem. This little lot would easily last me a week.

      1. Thank you for the reply Jessica. I will have a go at wearing things more than once and see if it works for me – it would save time and space. Keep the tips coming they’re really helpful.

  4. I love your new dress. I have a black sleeveless skater dress but long sleeves would make it much more versatile. My wardrobe is very very similar to yours but I would add my navy parka (I need a coat with a hood when I’m pushing the buggy in the rain) and grey and black long sleeve tees.

  5. Cashmere jumpers are such a good buy. I’ve had some of mine for years and still wear them every week of the winter. If you averaged it pound for wear, I think they’d work out better value than cheaper alternatives. The same can be said of bags. I think I might be an accidental minimalist who forgot to dump her baggage, because I probably wear only 15 items in rotation, and yet I have a wardrobe bursting with unworn clothes. Love your tips here. Maybe I should make clearing out my wardrobe my NY resolution xx

    1. Where are they from Kerry? I’ve bought some in the past and they haven’t lasted that well. Always looking for a recommendation. Love the price per wear measure, it really makes you think about the true cost of something if it simply won’t last. Cheering you on with your clear out xx

  6. I really want to start this. My shopping is a total out of control addiction. I’m interested in how many outfits did you get from this collection?
    Love all the items you’ve picked. 🙂

    1. I know exactly how you feel, I’ve been there and I still get tempted now. It never makes me feel any better long term though so I have to remind myself of that. I counted over twenty as so many of the items go together. The thing is most of wear the same things over and over again anyway, so everything we don’t wear is wasted.

  7. Hello!
    I just discovered your Blog and I am so happy that I have. Your winter capsule is beautiful. I was wondering how you approach lounge wear/hiking clothes? Thank you!
    Katie

  8. I love the sezanne dress (and the whole wardrobe)! I’m piece by piece making my way towards a capsule, and, on your suggestion, I bought J. Brand black skinnies, which have become a main-stay of my wardrobe. Can’t wait for the lounge wear post!

  9. I love this wardrobe and I’m so inspired by your blog! I live in a very cold climate in the Midwestern United States, with winter temperatures often creeping to -20 or colder, so my winter wardrobe is much bulkier with thermal underclothes, fleece lined tights, several hats, lots of wool socks, and two (one long and one short) winter jackets that are much thicker and less professional than my wool coat. I’ve recently downsized the number of gloves and mittens I have, and I’m in the process of eliminating redundant sweaters. I’m kind of discouraged, though, feeling like I can’t get my winter wardrobe to the size of my summer capsule and having to put a lot in storage for the summer months. Any ideas?

    1. YIKES that’s cold! I’m in Norway right now and it’s been -14 which is cold enough for me. There’s nothing you can do about the weather where you live (unless you move) so I wouldn’t worry about it too much, it is what it is. My own summer collection is much smaller than what I have for winter. Sounds like you’re off to a great start by getting rid of the redundant stuff, keep going with that. The aim is always to only own what you actually wear and what you love xx

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